Gernot Wagner

Climate economist
Columbia Business School

He is the author of “Geoengineering: The Gamble” (Polity 2021) and “Stadt, Land, Klima” (“City, Country, Climate”, Brandstaetter 2021), and his monthly syndicated column is translated into a dozen languages. Besides that, he is frequent contributor to New York Times and Washington Post, among others. For more info check

Gernot Wagner on the Schedule 2023

Tuesday, 29 August

Starting times
From Groningen to Lützerath: How civil resistance shape public policy
English 60
We, the people, shape politics and public policy in manifold ways. More often than not, civil resistance has been the determining factor to turn the tide and prevent controversial projects from becoming reality. This panel seeks to explore the differences in the public’s approach to two major projects concerning fossil fuels: the Groningen gas field and the Garzweiler surface mine. One of these projects will soon be closed, whilst the other one is booming. What have been the deciding factors for this outcome?
Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Hayek-Saal
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15:30 - 16:30 From Groningen to Lützerath: How civil resistance shape public policy
Will Tech Bail Us Out?
English 60
The global community may only have six years left to set actions that will limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. New technologies for carbon dioxide removal are expected to take about ten more years to become operational at a significant scale. This is a race against time. When will future tech breakthroughs be able to support an effective transformation towards net-zero? How do we align our actions and thinking today in view of these future tools?
Session objective: Imagining new possibilities – Get inspired and foster new ideas by imagining bold solutions to complex challenges and imagine disruptively new ways of thinking.
Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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17:00 - 18:00 Will Tech Bail Us Out?